Nurses

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Victoria Jones (NUM)

Vicky trained to be a Registered Nurse in Manchester, England; qualifying in 2006.  Vicky started her nursing career as a critical care nurse at Manchester Royal Infirmary before embarking on 18 months of travelling in 2010, which led her to St Vincent’s ICU via the whole of Australia and South East Asia.  She completed her Post-Graduate Certificate in ICU Nursing in 2012, whilst continuing to work in St V’s ICU.  In 2014, with the travel bug still strong, Vicky accepted a 1-year position as a Registered Nurse in Katherine Hospital’s Emergency Department in the Northern Territory.  Within 1-month she was the Clinical Nurse Manager, providing leadership to the nurses that were providing care to an extremely diverse population, experiencing a range of health and social issues.  Vicky attributes her clinical expertise and passion for leadership to the 12-months that she spent in the NT.  She regularly comments that this was an experience that she will NEVER forget!

After returning to St Vincent’s ICU, Vicky quickly became a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) before successfully working as an Associate Nurse Unit Manager (ANUM) for 3 years.  During this time, she developed a passion for quality and healthcare improvement.  This passion led to her partaking in an 18-month secondment in St Vincent’s Continuous Improvement Team.  During this time, she coached and led a number of improvement activates across a wide range of clinical and non-clinical areas including Mental Health, Geriatric Medicine, Orthopaedics, Medical Imaging, Nursing Workforce Unit, Pathology and with the Aboriginal Liaison Office Team.  As a result of the COVID pandemic, Vicky then spent the next 18 months working in the Strategy, Planning & Enterprise Risk Team were she led a number of projects during St V’s pandemic response.  Wanting to further develop her management skills, Vicky then spent 18 months as the Operational Manager of St V’s Medical Workforce Unit (MWU); co-ordinating and managing over 400 Junior Medical Staff rotating through St V’s during 2021/22, before leaving St V’s to help set up the inaugural Innovation Team at Safer Care Victoria (SCV).  In 2023, the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) role at St V’s ICU became available.  Vicky felt the urge to return to where her ‘Australian’ nursing journey began; returning to lead the 180+ nurses and collaborate with the medical team to lead the delivery of exceptional patient care to those unfortunate enough to require ICU.

Vicky has a dog named Peggy who frequently visits the offices in ICU to deliver some ‘cuddle therapy’ to the team.  She also has a rather cuddly cat named Winnie.  When she is not at the gym, Vicky enjoys painting, travelling and spending time with her loved ones; whether that be in Melbourne or back in the UK.

Jacqui Regan (ANUM)

Jacqui commenced her training at St Vincents Hospital in 1988 and completed training as a registered nurse in 1991. During her early years as a Registered Nurse she worked in St Lucy’s ward which was the infectious ward in the hospital where she developed her passion for caring of very unwell septic patients. She then completed a critical care certificate in 1994 and has worked in the Intensive Care unit since that time. 25 years later she is still passionate about providing quality patient care to patients and their families when they are at their most vulnerable. She is also dedicated to the development and education of future critical care nurses.

Jacqui also works on a casual basis as a hospital after hours coordinator which brings with it a whole other level of knowledge and responsibilities which also assist in her role as ANUM in the ICU and assists in building bridges between the ICU and the hospital wards.

Jacqui is married with 3 adult children who may never leave home. She is also passionate about cooking and baking. Jacqui enjoys the pleasure that home baked goods brings to the team in ICU. She also loves knitting, gardening, crocheting, her 2 dogs, the beach, fishing and walking. She has been at the hospital for more than half her life (31 years) and happily may never leave.

Jacqui Regan SVHM ICU

Nellie Nixon (ANUM)

Originally from a small town in country Victoria I found a second home at St. Vincent’s in 2007. Since then I have worked on most wards and across most specialties with several years in Education prior to moving to critical care. I love the fast paced intensive care environment and the detective nature of our work, looking for reasons behind symptoms and possible ways to improve our patients condition. It is a fine balancing act to enable each organ to function as close to normal or finding ways for it to be optimised. I particularly enjoy the close working nature and team approach to patient care between multidisciplinary staff in the Department of Critical Care Medicine. 

Helping families through this most critical time is especially important to me as my Dad was a patient in ICU for several months as a teenager. St. Vincent’s mission is visible in our practice and care and contributes to our reputation. As an ANUM I am interested in staff wellbeing and am particularly passionate about the development and support of junior colleagues.

I enjoy gardening, live music and cycling in my time away from work.

Christian Colangelo (ANUM)

I commenced my undergraduate training at Australian Catholic University completing a double degree in Nursing and Arts. In 2011 I was accepted as a graduate nurse rotating through cardiothoracic, oncology and haematology, neurosurgery, nephrology and intensive care. I enjoyed the challenges of the critical care environment and commenced my studies in Intensive care in 2013. In 2015 I completed my Masters in Intensive Care nursing, focusing my studies in managing patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome and prone positioning.

My hobbies include hiking and traveling. One of my greatest achievement is hiking the Camino, A 900Km walk from France through Spain. And look forward to completing many more walks throughout the world.

Martin Walsh ANUM ICU

Martin Walsh (ANUM)

Martin was born and raised in Melbourne and after completing a Bachelor of Nursing in 1992 at RMIT moved to Alice Springs Hospital where he undertook the Graduate nurse year. Following this Martin worked at the Royal Darwin and Royal Brisbane Hospital ICU before eventually returning to Melbourne to work at the Austin Hospital ICU. In 2001 Martin returned to Darwin where he spent the next 9 years in the ICU whilst undertaking the Master of Nursing, and in 2010 he relocated to Melbourne to commence employment at St Vincent’s Hospital ICU.

Martin enjoys the wide variety and interesting nature of critical care nursing and appreciates the commitment that his colleagues provide to our patients often at very challenging times. Martin espouses the values of teamwork, communication and safety as fundamental to a successful workplace.

Martin is married with two children and in his spare time enjoys jogging, playing squash, going to the Gym, and catching up on as much sleep as possible.

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Paige McCullough (CNS)

Paige has specialised in intensive care nursing for the last eight years after completing her undergraduate degree ten years ago. She enjoys the challenge of caring for patients with complex medical needs and the team environment within the DCCM.

In her spare time she enjoys baking, astrophotography, snowboarding and amateur web design. Paige has been an active content contributor for this website.